**No Bake Strawberry Pretzel Pie Recipe Below**
For weeks now I have been on the hunt for a perfect, crowd pleasing Thanksgiving dessert. I plan on making a couple other more traditional dessert items but since this year has been so crazy, I also wanted something new and unique to add to the rotation. I am excited to say I think I finally found it! Now I have to admit, when I first read this recipe I was not sold. The original version called for marshmallow cream on top of cream cheese, whipped cream and sweet condensed milk. As I read this overly sweet recipe, I realized that with a couple of small tweaks this could easily be a light, refreshing recipe that would be a crowd pleaser. Cut to a scene of me rummaging through my kitchen cabinets like a mad man and screaming out to my husband; ooooo I bet this would work HAHAHAHA.
Not only did this recipe turn out better than expected (we ate the whole thing in 2 nights) but it was surprisingly easy to make. Not to mention, no bake! In my eyes, this makes it the perfect recipe. On Thanksgiving day, at any time, I have multiple items in my stove being prepared. I love that this recipe is simple, easy to follow and will not take up any needed space in my oven!
Here is my recipe for the perfect No Bake Strawberry Pretzel Pie:
4 cups Miniature Pretzels (regular will work also)
8 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ cup sugar
¾ cup boiling water
1 package (6 ounces) peach gelatin (strawberry, mango, raspberry, etc. will work as well)
¼ cup lemon juice
1 pound fresh strawberries, divided
2 cups heavy whippine cream, divided
2/3 cup whipped cream cheese
2/3 cup coconut milk
- Place pretzels in a food processor; pulse until chopped (If you do not own a food processor, place the pretzels into a gallon size Ziploc bag and get to smashing)! Add butter and sugar; pulse until combined.
- Press mixture onto bottom of a greased 9-in. pan. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, add boiling water to gelatin; stir 2 minutes to completely dissolve. Stir in lemon juice. Refrigerate 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Chop half the strawberries (or leave as larger slices for more true strawberry taste); slice the remaining berries and reserve for topping.
- In a large bowl, beat 1 cup heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
- Beat coconut milk and cream cheese into cooled gelatin mixture until blended. Gently fold in chopped strawberries and whipped cream. Pour into crust.
- Refrigerate, covered, until firm, 4-6 hours.
- Beat remaining 1 cup heavy cream until stiff peaks form; spread over pie. Top with reserved strawberries and pretzel mixture.
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Now for those of you who are hardcore holiday people…hear me out! This year has been a rough one to say the least. The holiday season is upon us and yet here we all are, stuck in various forms of lockdown going into these holidays. My husband and I have been talking about what we want to do for Thanksgiving this year and I know a lot of our friends and family have as well. As we were sitting on the couch talking about how all of our normal holiday events have been cancelled and what that means for us this Thanksgiving, we realized we were looking at it the wrong way. Instead of viewing this as a loss in our normal holidays we decided to look at it as an opportunity. Since our families are spread out across the country we knew getting everyone together was just not an option, so we started to brainstorm about other alternatives. I decided to share our thoughts on the holidays, Thanksgiving in particular, so others can use this information to plan for their “altered” 2020 holiday season.
Below are our top ideas for Thanksgiving Alternatives.
- Friendsgiving– If seeing your family is impossible this year either for Covid safety concerns or for lack of travel access Friendsgiving is for you! This option allows you to still have a small, manageable get together while avoiding a large group or any real travel needs. You could even prepare the traditional meal but in smaller amounts or enjoy a potluck style meal. We suggest a group of about 4-8 close friends to share this event with.
- Neighborsgiving– If seeing family and friends is not an option due to concerns/safety issues but you are close with a neighbor or two, consider Neighborsgiving! Similar to Friendsgiving but once again accommodating more for availability, Neighborsgiving is a great way to spend a day! You can enjoy a potluck style dinner or once again provide a slimmed down traditional Thanksgiving meal. If you are not this close to any of your neighbors…..you are not alone, consider sharing food with any elderly or isolated individuals in your area. This can be a very lonely time for seniors in particular and Covid has pushed this even farther.
- Couplesgiving– This is perfect for those who are away from loved ones and friends and those who are new to a city and have not had a chance to meet anyone in your area. Once again this can be as simple or complex as you would like. Make a homecooked meal, make a traditional meal or go wild and just make whatever it is that makes you happy at the time! Spend the day enjoying an extra special date night with your significant other.
- Takeoutgiving– This one might be my favorite! Family & friends, neighbors, couples, or single individuals this is the one for you!!!! Go around to your favorite fast-food places and order a random assortment of foods (i.e.: tacos from taco bell, fries from McDonalds, Shakes from White Castle, etc.) and share with anyone/everyone who comes to celebrate. Not only do you still get to have a fun and special meal, but you also avoid all cleanup!
- Our plan this year (since Covid is hitting our area hard) is to buy our favorite items from local places who will be open the day of or day before. We plan on buying a pizza or two, fried rice & crab Rangoon, Pho, Tacos & Nachos, etc. from some of our favorite little spots. We then get to enjoy the laid back holiday while still supporting small local businesses who have been struggling.
*Most importantly, stay home if you are sick and use your best judgment on anyone who you invite to your home or who you choose to spend time with in their home.*